Items tagged with Diagnostics

Malawi tests urine for TB, hopes for a faster diagnosis (post)

Blantyre – Malawi has embarked on a cost-effective, quick urine test for tuberculosis (TB), which if successfully administered could save lives.

Researchers develop new algorithm for diagnosing TB in patients with HIV (post)

Researchers from South Africa have conducted a new study in which they propose a clinical prediction rule to make quicker, earlier tuberculosis (TB) diagnoses in seriously ill HIV-infected patients.

WHO announces new TB Supranational Reference Laboratory in the African Region (post)

24 November 2017 | Geneva: The Global TB Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) is pleased to announce and congratulate the newest member of the WHO TB Supranational Reference Laboratory (SRL) Network – the National TB Reference Laboratory in Cotonou, Benin.

FIND, WHO and partners create framework for test that predicts progression of TB (post)

29 November 2017: The End TB Strategy introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adopted by the World Health Assembly aims to reduce TB related deaths by 95% and new TB infections by 90% by 2035. Approximately one quarter to one third of the world’s population is currently infected with the M. tuberculosis bacteria and the risk of developing an active form of the disease among infected individuals is between 5 and 15 percent.

Unitaid-funded program will bring sophisticated TB diagnosis to underserved children (post)

Geneva, 6 December 2017 – Unitaid and the University of Bordeaux today launched a four-year research project to cut TB deaths among children by widening availability of fast tests that can be used even in remote, rural settings.

Xpert Ultra assay shows superior sensitivity for TB in patients with HIV (post)

The Xpert Ultra assay had superior sensitivity compared with Xpert for detecting tuberculosis in patients with paucibacillary disease and patients with HIV, study data showed.

Scientists develop nanotechnology-based urine test that could lead to early TB detection (post)

Scientists at George Mason University have developed a nanotechnology that for the first time can measure a sugar molecule in urine that identifies tuberculosis with high sensitivity and specificity, setting the stage for a rapid, highly accurate and far less-invasive urine test of the disease that could potentially prove to be the difference between life and death in many underdeveloped parts of the world.

Positive LAM results predict mortality in children with HIV (post)

Children with HIV in Kenya whose urine samples tested positive for lipoarabinomannan, or LAM — a biomarker of tuberculosis — had a nearly fivefold increased risk for mortality compared with children with negative LAM results, according to recent data.

New TB mutations could transform tests for drug resistance (post)

The emergence of resistance to drugs used to treat the airborne disease tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most urgent health crises facing mankind. Already the world’s number one killer from an infectious disease with 1.67 million deaths in 2016, resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs is making TB more difficult to cure.

Bringing cheap and accurate TB tests to Africa (post)

Since the 1970s, millions of women have appreciated the ease of a urine-based home pregnancy test to find out if their family is about to grow.

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